Shoes For A Better Tomorrow, later shortened to TOMS

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Blake Mycoskie, who first visited Argentina while competing on the showSurvivor Amazing Race, returned to the country on vacation in 2006. While there, he met an American woman who was part of a volunteer organization which provided shoes for children in need. Mycoskie spent several days traveling from village to village with the group, as well as on his own. 
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“(I witnessed) the intense pockets of poverty just outside the bustling capital,” he wrote in a 2011 article for The Business Insider. “It dramatically heightened my awareness. Yes, I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that poor children around the world often went barefoot, but now, for the first time, I saw the real effects of being shoeless: the blisters, the sores, the infections.”
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INSPIRATIONAL Videos
The videos below are from one of TOMS earliest shoe drops in Argentina.  These videos are extremely powerful; however, PLEASE BE FORWARDED this video series can be difficult and inspirational to watch when you see poverty that most Americans never experience or even know about.
Watch the three videos below if you can (total 34 min.).  If you have only 20 minutes watch Parts 1 & 3.(total 20 min).
If you have just 6 minutes watch Part 3 (6 min.)  
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Part 1 – This Background video above is difficult yet inspirational to watch.  It gives the background of one of TOMS first shoe drops in Argentina and subsequent growth.
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Blake Mycoskie carrying an Argentina boy on his shoulders​​

Part 2 – Shoe Drop In this video above is covers the shoe drop and its emotional impact on TOMS’ staff, associates, Blake’s mother, a mother in the village as this shoe drop tales place on Mother’s Day.

Blake Mycoskie (plaid shirt), TOMS staff and partners distribute shoes to the

Argentina community.  It’s a fun yet emotional experience

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Part 3 – Gratitude Expressed This short video above is difficult to watch as Blake and TOMS’ staff & associates are being “Thanked” for their generosity by the children and village elders.
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Blake Mycoskie (tall open shirt) takes a photo with the community’s 
children in Argentina
2015
To date TOMS has given 35 million pairs of new shoes covering 70 countries including the United States.
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For children in need of shoes; TOMS manufactures locally in Argentina, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Haiti and the U.S.A. producing it’s classic slip-on, a wet weather slip-on, a winter boot and sports shoe.   Giving Shoes 
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
To find out how you can participate with or without a purchase; read NCM Blog post below dated May 15th (3 ways of how you can participate in the 8th annual TOMS “One Day Without Shoes”).  ODWS is Thursday, May 21st  TOMS.com
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Be the Media!
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Camille
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